At a time when Arizona nonprofits report $91 million in revenue losses this year and an increase in expenses of $15+ million, the 3,100 employees of Cox Arizona today announce grant donations of nearly $500K to 113 Arizona nonprofit education, diversity and environment and sustainability programs. This marks the 25th year that Cox employees, through Cox Charities, have raised funds to help the communities in which they live and work. Since 1996, Cox Arizona employees have raised more than $9 million.
“Cox employees are unwavering in their commitment to nonprofits that serve our most vulnerable community members, especially youth, through education and diversity programs,” says Percy Kirk, Senior Vice President and Region Manager for Cox Arizona. “This year, with a great need in our community, Cox employees chose to expand the number of organizations receiving funding. We know this additional support will help more Arizonans at this time.”
One local grant recipient is Career Concepts for Youth. For 30 years, its Stay in School and Achieve Program has served 64,000 middle school students in high crime areas. The twice-per-month program focuses on interpersonal interaction, presentation skills, role-playing and writing. “The Cox Charities grant will help us continue to influence vulnerable youth by showing them the importance of taking ownership and minimizing excuses while instilling in them the connection between academic success and becoming productive adult citizens,” says Career Concepts for Youth Founder and President, Mario Bayne.
Another Cox Charities grant recipient is Homeless Youth Connection which works with homeless youth ages 13-21 in school districts to eliminate barriers so that homeless youth can stay in school and graduate. “As a result of the pandemic and youth having to access education remotely, a number of homeless youth did not have the resources and were unable to engage in school. Funding from Cox Charities will help Homeless Youth Connection identify these youth and ensure they have the resources to stay in school and complete their education,” says Homeless Youth Connection CEO, Dawn Bogart.